Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that teams like the Knicks and Rangers could host fans as soon as Feb. 23 with approval from the Department of Health.
A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend sports and entertainment events at large venues with some restrictions, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said Wednesday.
This means that sports franchises such as the Nets, Knicks, Rangers, Sabres and Islanders may be able to have attendees in the stands as soon as Feb. 23, Cuomo said.
Cuomo added that the Barclays Center had already been approved for fans on Feb. 23 for the Nets game against the Sacramento Kings.
All attendees will have to show proof of a negative P.C.R. test taken within 72 hours of the event, and the state’s Department of Health will have to approve each venue. Fans will also be required to wear face coverings at games and remain socially distanced.
Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday that his goal was to “get this economy open intelligently and in a balanced way” while also trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. He also cited the recent Buffalo Bills playoff game, which had roughly 6,700 attendees, as a model for other venues.
“The testing is the key,” Cuomo said. “We’re going to now extend the Buffalo Bills example.”
He said the new initiative would extend past sports and include concerts.
“This is a difficult time on many, many levels,” Cuomo said. “Personally, it’s very difficult. Emotionally it’s difficult. Economically it’s difficult. But we are finding the balance and we are going to be the better for it.”
This is a developing story.